Tips To Stay Connected This Holiday Season

Stay Connected - How social relationships are important for our health and wellbeing

For many, the holiday season may look quite different this year. Whether it is a change in the number of guests, or maybe choosing not to travel, it is still incredibly important to stay connected to loved ones. Staying connected refers to the strong sense of belonging one feels when surrounded by close friends and family. How social relationships affect … Read More

6 Preventative Habits For Health

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No one likes being sick and no one has the time to put their life on hold for it. The good news is, we have the ability to prevent illness by maintaining habits for health year-round. Here are 6 ways to prevent the spread of illness Wash hands. Our hands come into contact with a variety of different surfaces daily. … Read More

Your Overall Health Matters in Defense against COVID-19

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“We are all faced with a series of great opportunities brilliantly disguised as impossible situations”. -Charles R. Swindoll The COVID-19 Data Unfolds Despite the novelty of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, many of the complications that arise from COVID-19 are far from novel. As data unfolds, it is apparent that many of the challenges faced during this crisis are related to problems that … Read More

Digestive Health Facts

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Go With Your Gut You might think that your brain is controlling what happens in your gut to keep your body in rhythm, but a community of microbes greatly influences your digestive health. The microbes and nerves in your body work together like musicians in an orchestra and our gut microbes play a big role in your overall health of … Read More

What Is Your Gut Telling You?

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Getting to Know Your Gut To understand the importance of our Gastrointestinal (GI) tract, and how the dynamic environment, including the Microbiome, plays a considerable role in our overall well-being, we have to cover the different components that make up the GI system and its basic roles and functions.  Simplistically, the GI tract is responsible for:  Obtaining energy and nutrients … Read More

How to Balance Your Health Goals During the Holidays

How to Balance Your Health Goals During the Holidays Common Belief: Our health goals should be put on the back burner during the holidays.  New Perspective: Finding a balance between joy and health during the holidays is key!  For consistency’s sake, it was important to me to provide you with a Myth-Buster Monday this month, but I didn’t want to hit you with … Read More

 Maintaining a Healthy Mind and Body Through the Holidays

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You can’t reverse the calendar in maintaining healthy attitudes, but the Valley Schools Wellness team is here to remind you of some strategies for maintaining your sanity during this most pressured time of year. Reframe Your Thinking Recognize that the people in your life are who they are. It is not new information who will be the Scrooge, who will … Read More

Truth or Myth: It’s the Tryptophan That Makes You Tired

Myth: Tryptophan in turkey is to blame for the Thanksgiving food coma.   Truth: Excessive eating and carbohydrate intake are more likely the cause. Truth or Myth it’s the Tryptophan? With Thanksgiving approaching, we felt compelled to dispel a common myth surrounding this well-loved holiday and encourage healthier eating practices at the same time. If you have a tendency to indulge … Read More